Wednesday, January 8, 2014

What is Clean eating?

The soul of clean eating is consuming food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible. It is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to an improved life – one meal at a time.

Guidelines of clean eating:
  • Unrefined, whole-grains.
  • A diet with an abundance of fresh, local, organic fruits and vegetables.
  • Free-range and grass-fed meats and dairy.
  • More vegetable-centered meals than meat-centered each week.
  • Plenty of water or other no-calorie drinks (NOT diet soda)
  • Making healthy cooking choices, such as baking, steaming, and light sauteing whenever possible.
  • Consume healthy fats from natural sources such as nuts, avocados, organic coconut oil, etc.
The MOST IMPORTANT point to remember - choose foods closest to their natural state.  It’s great if you’re eating broccoli, but if it’s covered in cheese, butter, breadcrumbs, casserole style, then baked for 45 minutes, it’s losing a ton of its nutritional value.  A better option would be to lightly steam your broccoli, toss with a little olive oil, lemon juice, and fresh Parmesan.  Learning to cook (and eat) cleanly is all about learning to simplify things and not overdoing it with your meal prep.  When you keep things simple, meals normally turn out to be more healthy.

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